So I looked up the harvest moon series yesterday after playing a rom of 'a wonderful life' for the first time in ages, and the series has gone to pot! Such a shame. When I looked it up, from what I gather the company split and create two separate series now called 'story of seasons' and 'harvest moon'.
The guys who still make HM have no idea what they're doing and the first one on switch looks like a mobile game, the trailer is SUPER cringe. Story of seasons doesn't know what to do either. Both of the series keep changing the graphic style, from minecraft looks to fantasy life 3d to sprites and the gameplay keeps changing too. From being a shopkeeper, to farming, to fighting monsters, it's like they can't decide on what to improve which has ended up hurting all parts of the series for both.
The comments on youtube for the newest HM were like "please let this series die now please" lolol
But yea, i've had my eye on Stardew Valley for a whie, and it seems alot of new life simulation games are trying to take this void and this one is quite popular, and has done really well. It is pretty much a rip off of HM but at this point, that's what i'm looking for.